Taco Bake Recipe


This Taco Bake was a go to recipe at our house when the kids were young.  They loved it!Taco Bake Recipe

I think every mom has their “Go To” dinner recipes.  I know I do.

Now that we are empty nesters (except for this summer thank goodness!) my “Go To” dinner recipe is sometimes take out!!

But when I was a mom of four little kids those go to recipes usually included Boboli pizza, BBQ Chicken Wingettes and tacos. I remember one of my mom’s go to recipes was also tacos.  We like those crispy shells. Earlier this week I was feeling pretty uninspired in regards to what to have for dinner and I was flipping through my binder full of old family recipes and I came across Taco Bake Recipe.  It had been years since I made it but it was one of my go to recipes and a nice little variation on the theme of tacos.  My dinner dilemma was solved.  We were having Taco Bake.
Taco Bake

The nice thing about Taco Bake is the ingredients are ones I usually have on hand.  A pound of hamburger in the freezer, taco seasoning, cheese, lettuce, tomato and some tortilla chips.

For Taco Bake you start with a crust rather than a tortilla. One of my favorite parts of Taco Bake is the crust.  It is more like bread than a tortilla.  There are crushed up tortilla chips in the crust for some nice crunch and texture.
Taco Bake
I browned up a pound of hamburger and added some taco seasoning and a bit of water, letting it simmer for a few minutes and then add it into the unbaked crust.
Taco BakeAfter it bakes for about 30 minutes remove it from the oven and then top it with your favorite taco toppings.  We used grated cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce and some chopped tomatoes.  We also liked sliced olives but I didn’t have any this time.

Taco BakeAll you have to do is slice it up and serve.  You can also top it with some ranch dressing or any favorite dressing for more of a taco salad effect.

What are some of your go to dinner recipes?
Taco Bake

Taco Bake Recipe
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • ½ C water
  • 1 C grated cheese
  • 1 C chopped lettuce
  • 1 C chopped tomato
  • Any other taco toppings of your choice
  • 1¾ - 2 C flour
  • 1 pkg quick rise yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dried mince onion
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ⅔ C warm water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ C crushed tortilla chips
  1. Combine 1 C flour, yeast, sugar, onion and salt and mix well.
  2. Add warm water (110-115 degrees) and oil to flour mixture
  3. Mix by hand until almost smooth
  4. Stir in chips and enough flour to make a stiff batter.
  5. Spread in a greased 10 inch pie pan and form a rim
  6. Cover and let rise for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add meat.
  8. Bake at 375 for 30- 35 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Kelsey Deluise says

    This looks delicious and so easy! That’s my favorite combination. I can see making these to our garden parties! Thank you :)

  2. Laura says

    I am not a cook so it has to look delicious and easy for me to even print it out! This one is printed and the ingredients already on my grocery list. Thanks, Leigh Anne!!

  3. says

    This looks so yummy! Tacos are one of my go-to meals, too, but sometimes it’s nice to change things up. This one’s definitely getting tried out this weekend. Love that the crust only has to rise for 10 minutes and, hey, anything with corn chips in it’s gotta be good!

  4. says

    Yummmmm …

    Got home tonight from picking up kids at 5:30. Thought, “What’s for dinner?” Remembered this recipe. Went to my computer and pulled it up. And … dinner was on the table in an hour. Amazing!

    It was a HIT with the whole family.

    My variations:

    Doubled the recipe and used an 11×15 casserole dish.
    Used Corn Chips instead of Tortilla Chips.
    Used Chopped Onions with the Meat instead of the dried onion in the crust.
    Added the Cheese to the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
    Topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Black Beans, Olives, Sour Cream, and Salsa.

    Delicious! Thanks!

    mama of 12 (ages 10, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 23, 25, 26, 27)

  5. says

    Oh my Leigh Anne. I hope you have more “go-to” recipes up your sleeve to post because once again this was FANTASTIC! We absolutely loved it. I was full, but kept going back for more! LOL

    Thanks again for such a delicious, and easy weeknight dinner!

  6. Connie @eat healthy says

    Sounds so delicious. Any suggestions for gluten free crust? I love taco bake recipes. Looking forward to take it to church movie night.


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